Stephen P. Brown Partner

     

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Steve Brown has a diverse civil litigation practice representing clients in a variety of industries in state and federal courts in Connecticut and across the country. During his career, Steve has represented and advised clients in litigation matters involving a wide array of subject matter areas and substantive legal issues. These include insurance coverage, professional liability, employment issues, fair housing and discrimination claims, general liability, medical malpractice, transportation, construction, and environmental and toxic tort matters. He has extensive, hands-on courtroom experience arguing complex, high-exposure cases in trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

Steve has an excellent working knowledge of the court system and jurisdictions in Connecticut, and trains and supervises all of the Stamford office associates in a variety of procedural matters.

Professional/Community Activities
Steve has been active in a variety of local political affairs, previously serving as a commissioner of the Wetlands and Water Course Commission. He also previously served on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center, a program in Bridgeport, CT, that assists disabled youths and adults, and has worked on a number of fundraisers with the Kennedy Center. Steve has spoken at a variety of seminars in the United States and Canada addressing transportation and insurance industry topics.

Areas of Focus

Insurance Coverage
Steve’s insurance coverage practice focuses on policy drafting and coverage services in connection with high-exposure claims against attorneys, insurance brokers and insurance companies. He also provides coverage advice with respect to commercial general liability insurance policies. His experience in this area extends to construction loss, fire loss, environmental and employment claims.

Fair Housing & Discrimination
Steve has represented property management and housing entities in matters alleging discrimination before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, HUD, and state and federal courts. The matters he has handled over the years include age, disability, race and national origin discrimination claims.

Product Liability 
Steve defends manufacturers, distributors and sellers in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving a range of products, including power tools, consumer appliances, recreational vehicles and watercraft, and construction equipment. He also has experience in environmental and toxic tort matters, including the representation of a number of manufacturers and distributors in the Connecticut Asbestos Litigation.

Professional Liability
Steve represents agents and brokers in connection with malpractice and errors and omissions (E&O) claims. His practice includes complex attorney malpractice and E&O claims arising from underlying securities law, real estate transactions and corporate governance issues.

Employment & Labor
Steve represents employers before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations in matters involving all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge. He has handled matters pertaining to non-compete and non-disclosure agreements as well. Steve also assists clients with their day-to-day management of employment issues and policies, internal investigations and audits, and employment policy manuals and contracts.

Medical Malpractice
Steve’s medical malpractice experience involves nursing homes, visiting nurses, nurse’s aides, and various medical providers and facilities. He also has dealt with wrongful death actions, personal injury actions, hospital liability, insurance coverage litigation, and commercial and corporate disputes in the health care industry.

Industry Focus
Steve has represented national transportation industry clients in connection with litigation in state and federal courts in New York and Connecticut involving a range of issues, including catastrophic personal injury and cargo loss.

Steve also has experience litigating construction-related matters in state and federal courts. He has defended architects, engineers, construction managers and other parties involved in the design and construction process in connection with delay claims, personal injury claims and other matters.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a realty company in a personal injury case involving crushing injuries sustained by a non-employee transporting I-beams on a forklift owned by the co-defendant.

Successfully represented a bank that owned a residential property in a premises liability suit. The judge granted Wilson Elser’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to establish a defect on the staircase that caused her injuries and that, in fact, there was no defect. Wilson Elser further argued that the plaintiff failed to establish that the bank, as property owner, had notice, actual or constructive, of an alleged defect on the staircase. 

Successfully handled a number of personal injury matters involving golf carts. 

Defended small and large organizations in harassment and discrimination claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. 

Defended professional insurance agents and brokers against allegations they failed to bind coverage or to appropriately obtain coverage as requested. 

Defended attorneys in claims of legal malpractice related to professional negligence. 

Handled a variety of high exposure matters related to applicable insurance coverage and /or exclusions in the policy period.

Successfully brought and defended declaratory judgment actions in state and federal courts.